Shoulder fractures most commonly occur from some kind of trauma or sports injury. If you fall on your side or get in an accident where your shoulder is injured, you may be dealing with a shoulder fracture. If you suspect you’re suffering from a shoulder fracture, here are some symptoms that you should watch for to indicate this:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Deformity or bump at the site of the fracture
  • Discoloration of the upper arm
  • Inability to move arm normally without pain

If you have a shoulder fracture, there are a couple of options for treatment, depending on the severity of the injury.

Treatment Options for Shoulder Fractures

  • Immobilization and rest: This treatment is recommended for fractures that will heal on their own with immobilization and rest. This nonsurgical treatment can be recommended upon an assessment of the severity of the fracture.
  • Surgery: Surgical treatment may be recommended if fractured pieces of the bone have been displaced or if the joint will be affected by arthritis if left untouched. The surgery may include plates and screws or wires.

Dr. Hicken can determine the best treatment plan for you, depending on the severity of your injury. Dr. Hicken is incredibly experienced with these kinds of injuries and will provide the highest quality of healthcare for you. He has over 25 years of experience of exceeding patients’ expectations and providing the best care to get them back to life with less pain.

“Dr Hicken has been my doctor for a few years now. He has been great and has done a great job with my hip surgery. Dr. Hicken also has done 2 shoulder surgeries for my daughter. We highly recommend him.”


To Schedule Your Appointment

To schedule your appointment with Dr. Hicken, give us a call at 435-787-2000. If relief from shoulder pain is what you’re looking for, we can help. We’re committed to the highest standard of patient care, you can trust your recovery in our hands.

Get to Know Dr. Hicken

Dr. Hicken has a passion for orthopaedic surgery and helping others. His favorite part of his job is meeting and helping patients with their musculoskeletal problems. He is currently the only surgeon in Cache Valley who treats early hip problems with arthroscopic techniques. Dr. Hicken is always researching ways to improve his patients’ experience and has even pioneered a multimodal approach to pain control after a surgery that minimizes the need for narcotics. Dr. Hicken is actively involved in his community and has founded a non-profit organization to help fund children’s athletic teams so that children from all economic situations can be involved in sports. In his spare time, he can be found tele-skiing, mountain biking, kayaking, or spending time with his wife and family of five children and soon to be eleven grandchildren.